Interfaith Workshops on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
As a member of the Calgary Interfaith Council, The Rev. Mark Tremblay (minister of Knox Presbyterian Church, Calgary, Alta.) served on the planning team for a workshop on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that took place in January 2016. The workshop was facilitated by Doreen Spence. Doreen is from Saddle Lake Cree Nation. She worked with the international team that drafted the Declaration. This workshop was a step towards discerning how faith groups may meaningfully share and implement the principles outlined in the UN Declaration (TRC Call to Action no. 48). The Healing and Reconciliation Seed Fund supported the cost of filming the workshop so that the footage could be used by others who want to learn about the UN Declaration.
Two videos from the workshop are available on YouTube. Click here for part one and click here for part two of the workshop.
In May 2017, members of The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal, Que. were involved in planning a similar conference in partnership with Anglican, Catholic, United and Quaker colleagues. Representatives from other denominations and faiths were also present. One of the speakers at the Montreal conference was Kenneth Deer, a Mohawk elder from Kahnawake who was involved in drafting the UN Declaration.